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A remake that will not out-float the original.
The Cast on the Set of "Poseidon".
OPENING WEEKEND: $60,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $245,000,000
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January 2nd, 2006: During a lavish New Year’s Eve ball, a luxury cruise ship, called the Poseidon, is capsized by a rogue wave in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Led by John Dylan (Josh Lucas) and Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell), a small group of survivors is forced to work their way through a labyrinthine network of corridors on the overturned ship. Complicating matters further, their clashing personalities and unique individual stories begin to interfere with their battle for survival. As the ship begins to fill up with water, each person is summoned to draw on strengths they didn’t know they had.

What to Expect: The film is a remake of the big 1972 hit The Poseidon Adventure, which even garnered several Academy Award nominations (mostly technical). Although Poseidon will feature completely new characters and surprises, it will still follow the same general storyline and structure. Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, Hulk, Stealth), who consistently continues to appear in an increasing number of high profile roles, finally may have his breakthrough film. He was excellent as the violent and deranged uncle in one of the better films of 2004, Undertow. Frequently he has played characters with a sinister edge and while he may be the lead in Poseidon, his character in the film, John Dylan, has been described as a bit of an anti-hero. As a career gambler who makes his living in cruise ship casinos, Dylan has acquired a surprising familiarity with their layouts. Naturally, he realizes the value of his knowledge once the ship is turned upside down, but he is reluctant to share it with others. Kurt Russell’s character, troubled by the news of his daughter’s sudden engagement, is torn between helping others escape and searching for his missing daughter and her fiancé. Expect his character to represent the cool-headed everyman. Finally, there’s Richard Dreyfuss who will play a depressed gay man, possibly providing some comedy relief to the film. Reportedly, Dreyfuss came out of retirement for Poseidon due to a big paycheck.

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The director of the movie, Wolfgang Petersen, is in familiar territory having already made two successful water-based adventure films. His cult classic Das Boot (The Boat) brought him international fame in 1981 and is still considered today as an intense portrait of claustrophobia and madness on board of a submarine. The Perfect Storm, which came out in the summer of 2000, was both entertaining and successful as it nearly reached the $200 million mark in domestic ticket sales. In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood and Air Force One with Harrison Ford are two of the other big hits in his repertoire. Unfortunately, his last summer blockbuster, Troy, was a big disappointment as it failed to draw an audience and didn’t make back it’s budget during the theatrical run. Brad Pitt and Eric Bana starred in the unspectacular 2004 epic. Poseidon will be Petersen’s chance at redemption and there have already been reports of impressive and expansive sets. Petersen will try to create an overwhelming and realistic atmosphere by minimizing the use of digital effects. Whatever the film will be, it should at least deliver amazing and suspenseful action sequences.

Originally, the producers had some concerns about a TV version of The Poseidon Adventure, which was shown on NBC in November of 2005. That movie starred Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer, and Steve Guttenberg and chose to skip the idea of a tidal wave altogether, opting for a terrorist driven plot instead. Unsurprisingly, it was hardly noticed by TV audiences and, as a result, should not have any impact on Poseidon when it’s released in the summer. Seemingly, Poseidon is taking the path of the original by sticking to the same plot and mixing taut action with human melodrama. Although the original was quite good, I personally found some of the characters irritating. While that can add to the entertainment value, it certainly detracts from the film’s quality and believability.

In Conclusion: Poseidon features a strong cast and most importantly a competent director who is very apt at turning water and ships into characters. This is his biggest challenge yet and I think he will succeed on a technical level, producing a fun flick that should perform well at the box office. The danger here is that Poseidon will become like the sequel to the original, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. Too much melodrama and clichéd characters could turn it into a joke. If Poseidon can stay away from scenes where some little boy, wise beyond his years, becomes a courageous hero or a woman, scared to cross some dangerous path, is cheered on by others yelling “you can do it,” then it has a chance to transcend its genre. I don’t think it will be able to resist those formulas and the quality will suffer a little in the end.

Similar Titles: The Poseidon Adventure, The Perfect Storm, The Day After Tomorrow
May 12th, 2006 (wide)
August 22nd, 2006 (DVD)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Wolfgang Petersen

Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss, Mike Vogel, Kevin Dillon, Andre Braugher, Emmy Rossum, Mía Maestro, Jimmy Bennett, Freddy Rodriguez, Stacy Ferguson

Total: 42 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Drama, Suspense

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Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril.

99 min






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